Our key scripture: Galatians 5:22-23 â€“ ESV
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Moving right along in our study, we’re going to talk about faithfulness this week. Faithfulness (or faith) in the Greek is pistis – Ï€á½·ÏƒÏ„Î¹Ï‚ – and means
1) conviction of the truth of anything, belief; in the NT of a conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, generally with the included idea of trust and holy fervor born of faith and joined with it
a) relating to God
1) the conviction that God exists and is the creator and ruler of all things, the provider and bestower of eternal salvation through Christ
b) relating to Christ
1) a strong and welcome conviction or belief that Jesus is the Messiah, through whom we obtain eternal salvation in the kingdom of God
c) the religious beliefs of Christians
d) belief with the predominate idea of trust (or confidence) whether in God or in Christ, springing from faith in the same
2) fidelity, faithfulness
a) the character of one who can be relied on
That’s a lot, right? But really all of those are traits we should be displaying when we show faithfulness or have faith. I think the one that struck me the most is “fidelity, faithfulness, the character of one who can be relied on.” I know that we can look at that from a human perspective: we should be faithful in our marriages, in our friendships, etc.
But most important, we should be faithful to God.
Yeah. I said that.
Faithful to God.
How often do we cheat on Him by allowing our time to be swallowed up by less important things? How often do we push Him to the side because we have other pressing matters to deal with. How often do we choose TV or computers or phones or whatever?
I know I’m guilty of it.
I’ve said it before, but it’s worth saying again:
If I spent the same amount of time with my husband as I currently do with God, would I still be married today?
Do I show faithfulness to Him as well those around me? Do I show faithfulness with the small things He’s entrusted to me? Am I reflecting His character at all times?
These are the things that cross my mind as I look at faithfulness. That word packs a big punch, ya know?
I want to be counted faithful.
I want to hear those words one day:
‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Matthew 25:21